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  • Writer's pictureDaniel Jiménez


In response to a growing concern for animal welfare, the demand for cruelty-free cosmetics in Canada has seen a marked increase. This trend has led cosmetics manufacturers to become less likely to test on animals, having voluntarily reduced their reliance on animal testing data.

Several countries around the world have laws prohibiting or limiting cosmetic testing on animals, including member states of the European Union (EU). Since 2013, the EU has banned the sale of cosmetic products tested on animals. In line with this stance, Canada has joined the ban on the sale of cosmetics tested on animals as of December 22, 2023, joining a large list of countries that have implemented this measure.

Anyone is prohibited from testing cosmetics on vertebrate or invertebrate animals in Canada if:

- it may cause the animal pain, suffering, or physical or mental injury and.

- The purpose of the test is to satisfy cosmetic requirements set out in the Act or cosmetic safety requirements in another country.

It is also prohibited:

- selling a cosmetic in Canada if safety cannot be established without relying on animal test data.

- making a claim on a label or in an advertisement that the cosmetic has not been tested on animals, without prior testing to prove it.

The ban and the cosmetics industry

To comply with Canadian requirements, the industry must:

- Prohibit animal testing in Canada as a means of assessing the safety of cosmetics and comply with cosmetic regulations both domestically and in other countries.

- Ensure that the safety of any new cosmetic sold in Canada can be established based strictly on permitted data.

- Any "not tested on animals" claims must be supported by evidence.

If it is suspected that a cosmetic does not comply with the recent ban, we can file a complaint to ensure that this is not the case.

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